Friday, February 2, 2018, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Neils Science Center, Room 234
Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Koperski, Dept. of Philosophy, Saginaw Valley State University
One of the most intriguing discoveries of 20th-century physics is that for life to be possible, two dozen or so cosmological variables must have precise values. Change any one by even a slight amount and life could not exist here or anywhere else in the universe. That is not what scientists expected. The universe shouldn’t care whether life is possible. Why then do so many of its fundamental parameters seem to be set to the precise values needed for our existence? Most physicists and philosophers believe that fine-tuning needs an explanation. Theism of course provides one answer: The universe looks fine-tuned for life because it literally has been fine-tuned for life. In this talk we consider some examples of fine-tuning as well as possible naturalistic explanations.